Images by Dinesh Valke & Bhagyashri Ranade (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade & J.M.Garg) 

Common name: Caricature Plant, Jamaican Croton • Konkani: Kala adulsa, Pandhara adulsa  

grap-toh-FILL-um — from the Greek graptos (painted, or variegated) and phyllon (leaf)
PIK-tum — meaning, painted or variegated

Native to: New Guinea  


Please Id this potted plant at a private society at Pune
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- brown and white variegated
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- deep purple
I was not able to get the exact dimensions of the plant

Graptophyllum pictum cv. Bronze

Yes Graptophyllum pictum as indicated by …



Ornamental for id – 121012 ANB-0008 – Mumbai: I have not seen any flowers on this plant but the green leaves with yellow patches are quite attractive. Would be great to know its name if possible.

graptophyllum pictum tricolor



Sagar Upvan:  

Found some plants today in the same Euphorbia’s garden which I could not id…… I have posted those picture on eflora to id and which I could ID from my book Tropical Garden Plants, I have attached with this mail.
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Ornamental For ID : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 191213 : AK-21 : Attachments (4). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Seen at Lalbagh Gardens on 24/11/13.

Cultivated, ornamental plants.

Graptophyllum pictum

Thanks for the id.



Graptophyllum pictum (L.) Griff.
in various gardens of Mumbai  

nice variegated leaves

so obviously a cultivar?

Yes …, a cultivar.

On internet, we get to see different styles of variegations; also plain coloured leaves in different colour (other than its own green).



Again from Gangajal Nursery in Nasik.



Help with the ID of Shrub from Karnataka-GSOCT2016/01 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Please help with the ID of this shrub photographed from Hoysala Village, Bedur Road, Hassan, Karnataka on 27 September, 2015 

To me this plant looks like Graptophyllum pictum, Syn Justicia pictum of Acanthaceae.

Yes I agree with …




Graptophyllum pictum cv. ‘Tricolor’ : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6) – around 650 kb each.

Location: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong 
Date: 12 August 2018
Elevation: 1300 ft.
Habit : Cultivated

yes a popular houseplant and small shrubs by house walls. comes in various shades of pinks, whites and faintly red centrally spaces blotches, and totally green leaves too. thanks for the flower pictures



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